Sometime after the start of the second hour of the RAW after Wrestlemania, WWE sobered us up from our post-Wrestlemania hangover of excitement. Stephanie McMahon chose to punish the Beast Incarnate after he snapped on the announcers at ringside, a cameraman and J and J Security when new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins chickened out of Brock’s entitled championship rematch.
At that point is when my eyes were opened to reality, we were being welcomed back to the Wrestlemania off-season. But I was actually thinking about the fact that compared to last year, this offseason really isn’t going to be all that bad. Let me break down why.
- Seth Rollins will have lots of opponents to deal with as the current Heavyweight Champion.
- Brock’s suspension gives WWE a storyline to play along with his part-time status and thus make room for the likes of Randy Orton and Roman Reigns.
- This off-season, we will have our champion on TV every week.
- Who knows, WWE maybe will make the midcard belts mean something now that John Cena and Daniel Bryan hold on to them.
- Every monthly WWE Network Special Event will at least feature matches with three title holders that we actually care about. The return of Sheamus, the debuts of Neville and the Lucha Dragons are an added plus.
- Kurt Angle is our newly crowned TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
- Last week, we saw the guys that are in line waiting to face him, including Austin Aries with his Feast or Fired briefcase, EC3 who has finally return into the championship picture and perennial champion Bobby Roode.
- A number of feuds stemming from last year are finally coming to a close (Bram/Magnus, the Beat Down Clan/Lashley), as Impact Wrestling transitions into an upcoming Slammiversary pay-per-view followed by Bound for Glory.
- Over the last 9 months, TNA has been very consistent in giving us some simple feuds that have developed pretty well giving us quality TV main events without the blow off from a big PPV.
- Now that they have gone back to Orlando their setup at Universal Studios looks sharp, and the arena has a nice look. It doesn’t look so indy like some of their previous stops.
Do I need to say anything about how lucky we are to have NXT and Lucha Underground. Let’s move on!
- Jay Briscoe and Jay Lethal and ReDRagon all retained their championships at Supercard of Honor last week and their shows with New Japan Pro Wrestling (Global Wars/ War of The Worlds) and Best in the World should keep ROH fans entertained from now until Final Battle.
- Could use some championship storylines with the likes of ful-time ROH Talent. Moose, Hanson, the Kingdom, Michael Elgin, Tomasso Ciampa among others.
Would love to hear what you are looking forward to? Happy Off-Season! -KOP